• Jack Selcher

Following God's Design

When all else fails, read the directions! It’s sometimes better to have little mechanical ability and instructions than a lot of ability and no instructions. Life goes easier when you follow the manufacturer’s design. Similarly, life goes best when you follow God’s blueprint.

God’s design for marriage is unity. While Jesus was in Perea, some Pharisees asked Him about divorce. At that time, most Jews agreed divorce was allowed. Some believed a man could divorce his wife only for moral indecency. Others allowed divorce if she merely displeased her husband.

Jesus didn’t align Himself with either view. He quoted Genesis 1:27 and 2:24. Oneness is God’s design for man and wife. “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mark 10:9, NIV).

The key to oneness is commitment. Hollywood tells you to marry the one you love. God tells you to love self-sacrificially the one you marry. That commitment makes a significant difference in marriage.

There are at least two ways to view marriage’s struggles. They can be an excuse to separate or divorce or they can be an instrument to create the oneness that’s God’s design. God’s design for marriage is unity, but there’s no easy way to obtain it.

Mark 10:13-31 reveals God’s design for salvation. People took their young children to Jesus to receive His blessing. The disciples tried to keep them away. They didn’t think children were worthy of Jesus’ time. Their attitude angered Jesus. He wanted the children to come to Him “for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14, NIV).

Children depend on the gifts and care of others—without apology. You must enter God’s kingdom with that same spirit. Salvation is God’s gift. It’s reserved for the trusting, not the trying.

Salvation is both unearned and costly (Mark 10:17-31). A man ran up to Jesus and knelt at His feet. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17, NIV). His was a religion of trying. Jesus told him to keep the commandments given by Moses. The man replied that he had an A+ average in commandment keeping. Yet, he had no assurance of God’s acceptance. That’s always the outcome if you seek to earn God’s favor by your own virtue. That virtue is always inadequate.

Jesus’ response: “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21, NIV). The young man went away sad and disappointed. He couldn’t part with his possessions. The issue was what was first in his life. In Mark 10:17 he wanted to know what he had to do. Jesus’ answer isn’t so much “Sell all” as it is “Follow Me.” Following Jesus means denying yourself and taking up the cross. That’s costly!

Today, many peddle a gospel that doesn’t include commitment to follow Jesus. Surrender to Jesus is the narrow passage that leads to life. You can’t follow Him with your idols rattling along behind you. It costs a lot to follow Jesus. It costs far more not to follow Him. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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